Over my many years of practice, I have encountered many operators of motorcycles who were involved in accidents with cars and other vehicles. Contrary to the belief of many, motorcycle operators have a heightened sense of safety while driving. This is because the risk of injury for them is greater on average than the risk to motor vehicle drivers or occupants.
Injuries to motorcycle operators comes in large part to the failure of other drivers, particularly elderly operators or those with vision issues, to see and observe the actions of motorcycles prior to collision. This can be from drivers entering upon a roadway from a side street, alley way, driveway or parking lot. Not seeing the motorcycle, they oftentimes pull out unexpectedly resulting in very severe injuries. Other accidents are caused by vehicles not seeing motorcycles upon the highway, while travelling at greater speeds. This is why motorcycle safety is vital to an motorcycle operator.
Injury and death statistics are significant for motorcycle operators. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], there were about 4,668 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents in 2013. There were about 88,000 motorcyclists injured during the same year from accidents. Per vehicle mile travelled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes. According to NHTSA, helmets saved the lives of about 1, 630 operators in year 2013.
If you are a motorcycle operator injured by the negligence of another motor vehicle, truck, bus or van, you should contact your attorney immediately. This way, you can begin the process of obtainment of investigative information vital to your claim.